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Anonymous asked: i just recently had an abortion over the weekend and it was great that i had access to it, without it my boyfriend and i would of had to drop out of college and ruin our lives but apparently abortion is sooo wrong when its not even a baby, its a parasite made of cells that have no feelings that is leaving my body, people like you make me sick
Both of the last two responses were absolutely beautiful. :,)
When I first read this post, I thought I would just delete it like the rest. I know your intentions were to cause me suffering, and if causing me suffering means you win, then I guess you have. To be honest, lying in this hospital bed, it is young women like you that I think about the most.
I was once like you. I was once told that aborting my children was the answer to my life. I was once told that my boyfriend too would have to drop out of the University he attended, and I wouldn’t be able to attend the following year after I graduated from High School. The funny thing was, because of my son, my ex-boyfriend and I qualified for several grants and scholarships. In fact, I’m one of the few people I know that was able to go to school without taking out student loans. Which is probably why I’m a home owner at 26.
I was once like you. “Its a clump of cells,” they told me. “Its a parasite,” they said. When scientifically speaking, that’s inaccurate. It is a fetus, or an unborn human being. I know a human becomes easier to kill once you label it something else. This is called dehumanization. You don’t need to dehumanize the unborn human being, you can just call it what it is; you aborted an underdeveloped human being.
As I look into my sons eyes, I don’t see a parasite, or a clump of cells. I see a brown haired, fair skin, goofy 8 year old human being. I see a human being with the exact same body as the one they called a parasite when it was in my womb. His body grows a little more every year, and every year he gets stronger. “Mom, let me help you with that.” he says, as I struggle to carry bags into the house. “Mom, wait, I’ll get it for you,” he says, as he jumps in front of me to reach for the door to open it. His body is more developed, that’s for sure, but it it the same as it was when it was tiny and growing inside me.
I was once like you. “It will ruin your life,” they said. “You’re a child yourself”, they said. That’s the strangest. As I lie in this hospital bed, at risk of death, I have no fear. I am 26 years old, and have absolutely nothing more that I could ask for to make me happier. If keeping my son ruined my life, then why do I have everything I want? Why am I so content with my short life, if it was ruined the day he was born? The love and happiness I have experienced in my short life, is enough to feel fulfilled, complete. My life is beautiful, and my children were the ones that made it that way.
When I cry, my children burry their heads on my chest, wipe my tears with their tiny fingers. When I smile, they run to me, wrap their arms around me, lean back and giggle. What have they destroyed in my life besides all that was bitter, hateful and selfish? Besides all those awful parts of me they peeled away with their tenderness, and gentleness.
I’m sorry that when you terminated your pregnancy, you felt nothing, and I’m afraid that is where we are different. I couldn’t bring myself to dehumanize the tiny human being inside my body, even though it was under developed, dependent and inconvenient. I felt. And I’m the one who feels for you now. I can feel the loss for your unborn human being.
I know you assume I think I’m “better then you”. But it’s exactly the opposite. As I lay here in this bed, ready to give my life for the child inside of me right now, it isn’t just because its my child. It’s because it is a human being. I am willing to die for an underdeveloped, dependent and inconvenient human being, because that human is my equal. You are my equal, your child is my equal, and I don’t have it in me to view my life as more valuable then anyone else’s. I can’t use any reason to take an innocent human being, dehumanize it, and place it under me. And I don’t want to.
I’m sorry that people like me make you sick, but I think if you really new me, you wouldn’t feel that way. Maybe if you knew me, you could see that my life is beautiful and wonderful just like yours, and just like every human being. I believe that your life is precious, and you were made for more love then you comprehend, and I’m so sorry you can’t see the value of life.
Life is precious. It is a divine right, it is so precious that I would be willing to die if that is the cost for another to live.
Months from now, I hope that you read this and I’m living with my new beautiful child, in my modest house, with the rest of my family, but if I’m not, I want you to remember that it made me happy to risk my life for another human being, and I would gladly do it even for someone who was sickened by me; I would even do it for you.
Life is invaluable.
I know that everything she said is true because I’ve seen it with my own eyes. I saw a young woman go through an abortion, leave completely traumatized, and by some chance, some loophole, some miracle- she was still pregnant. And do you want to know what happened? She’s a mother. And she’s happy. More than happy, she’s enthralled. She posted just the other day that she couldn’t even say how much love she has for her daughter. She just got her daughter’s name, Serenity, tattooed on her wrist. According to her, the fact that that abortion failed is the greatest thing that ever happened to her. Because she got a second chance. And it’s made her so incredibly happy.
“Some may disagree with this picture, but I absolutely love it. The other day my daughter and I staged a tea party with three of my most docile tarantulas. My daughter is three years old and is very cooperative. She loves her tarantulas and even joins in with the care and maintenance for these creatures. I have recently been hearing some negative comments from neighbors and friends about these mean, attack driven creatures. I decided I would take a photo that would lighten the mood about how dangerous tarantulas are assumed to be….docile unless tempted. I feel that all tarantulas should be considered “defensive” rather than “aggressive.” I hope you enjoy the picture. ”
It just goes to show you that the fear set within us of spiders isn’t entirely instinctual and is mostly taught.
omg this is great
Oh this is so cute! :’D
"My body, my choice" only makes sense when someone else’s life isn’t at stake.
Fun fact: If my younger sister was in a car accident and desperately needed a blood transfusion to live, and I was the only person on Earth who could donate blood to save her, and even though donating blood is a relatively easy, safe, and quick procedure no one can force me to give blood. Yes, even to save the life of a fully grown person, it would be ILLEGAL to FORCE me to donate blood if I didn’t want to.
See, we have this concept called “bodily autonomy.” It’s this….cultural notion that a person’s control over their own body is above all important and must not be infringed upon.
Like, we can’t even take LIFE SAVING organs from CORPSES unless the person whose corpse it is gave consent before their death. Even corpses get bodily autonomy.
To tell people that they MUST sacrifice their bodily autonomy for 9 months against their will in an incredibly expensive, invasive, difficult process to save what YOU view as another human life (a debatable claim in the early stages of pregnancy when the VAST majority of abortions are performed) is desperately unethical. You can’t even ask people to sacrifice bodily autonomy to give up organs they aren’t using anymore after they have died.
You’re asking people who can become pregnant to accept less bodily autonomy than we grant to dead bodies.
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But, assuming the mother wasn’t raped, the choice to HAVE a baby and risk sacrificing their “bodily autonomy” is a choice that the mother made. YOu don’t have to have sex with someone. Cases of rape aside, it isn’t ethical to say abortion is justified. The unborn baby has rights, too.
First point: Bodily autonomy can be preserved, even if another life is dependent on it. See again the example about the blood donation.
And here’s another point: When you say that “rape is the exception” you betray something FUNDAMENTALLY BROKEN about your own argument.
Because a fetus produced from sexual assault is biologically NO DIFFERENT than a fetus produced from consensual sex. No difference at all.
If one is alive, so is the other. If one is a person, so is the other. If one has a soul, then so does the other. If one is a little blessing that happened for a reason and must be protected, then so is the other.
When you say that “Rape is the exception” what you betray is this: It isn’t about a life. This isn’t about the little soul sitting inside some person’s womb, because if it was you wouldn’t care about HOW it got there, only that it is a little life that needs protecting.
When you say “rape is the exception” what you say is this: You are treating pregnancy as a punishment. You are PUNISHING people who have had CONSENSUAL SEX but don’t want to go through a pregnancy. People who DARED to have consensual sex without the goal of procreation in mind, and this is their “consequence.”
And that is gross.
^ THIS. This is this this THIS THIS THIS. THIS!!!!!
That’s exactly why I don’t use the “consented to pregnancy” argument.
No one can force someone to give blood. However, there’s a few fundamental differences by refraining from giving blood and having an abortion.
1. Passive vs. Active. When you refuse to give blood, you are choosing not to act. Your failure to act may result in another person’s death. However, you are not actively and intentionally taking their life. With an abortion, you take an active step to end another person’s life.
2. Giving something up. In the blood donation case, you are giving up blood. Blood is necessary to survive, and some of it would be taken from your body. While you will generate more to replace it, you’ll never have that blood back. In the case of pregnancy, your uterus is not taken from you. You don’t lose the use of it. You don’t lose anything except your “bodily autonomy,” which in this case becomes little more than the “ability to do whatever I want even if it hurts or kills someone else.”
The child conceived in love is a human being with value. The child conceived in a one-night stand is a human being with value. And the child conceived in rape is a human being with value. Our value is not dependent on the choices of our parents.
There are only two cases where it is potentially justifiable to kill another human being: defense (self-defense or the defense of someone who cannot defend themselves) and the death penalty. Obviously the death penalty does not apply with abortion, because the unborn human has committed no crime and, even if he or she had, could not stand trial.
Self-defense seems to be the justification that those promoting the “bodily autonomy” argument are using.
If you’re being attacked or abducted, you have every right to use force to defend yourself and escape in the moment. You are expected to use force proportionate to the situation (shooting someone in the face for slapping your butt may not be the most defensible course of action). Once you are no longer in direct danger, you can no longer use force.
This doesn’t work with abortion. The unborn human being does not directly threaten your life* and he or she does not limit your freedom of movement (abduction). You are free to walk anywhere you like. Most pregnant women are able to work up until the baby is due. There is no direct threat requiring you to use force to escape.
* When the mother’s health or life is in danger, she should be treated for the illness/complication. An abortion will not directly solve her problem, and may add more issues to her health. An ethical doctor should attempt to preserve both lives. That means attempting to treat the underlying cause of the complication without harming the baby. If this is not possible, the doctor should save at least one life. Usually the mother is the easiest one to save in these cases.
Either way, the doctor’s goal should always be to save as many lives as possible, and never to intentionally end a life that could have been saved.
A human life is a human life.
^^^Bless this response. :3
I saw a news report about this on T.V., she was a straight A Student who had perfect attendance and everything. Everyone loved and respected her for her skills, but when she started this experiment and people thought she was pregnant, they started treating her like garbage. Even her teachers started looking down on her like she was scum of the earth. The only people who knew she was doing this as an experiment were her school principle, her health care teacher and her father. Her own mother thought she was pregnant.
I mean even her friends turned on her, it was horrid. Very very sad, and as soon as she revealed during an assembly that the pregnancy was false, a lot of people were in shock as she brought up all the horrible things they said and did to her because they thought she was pregnant.
The reason for the experiment was to see how people would react and treat her if they thought she was pregnant, as opposed as to treating her as the straight A “Perfect” student they usually did. And it proved that people were horrible scumbags to her as soon as they thought she was.
holy shit. this is fucking awesome
mad respect for her to keep it going for 6 months. like can you imagine everyone turning on you like that holy fuck
So this is the kind of thing that needs to change.
The stigma against pregnancy is horrible. It is such an insult to the most beautiful, strengthening and awe inspiring thing in the world and the amazing women who are pregnant.
It makes me so angry that this is true. - g
This is why experiments like this need to exist; to show what people really are underneath.
"Modern Style" playing cards. [Russia, 1930s?]
Houghton Library, Harvard University
I love these! :D
another fuzzy spider friend. under my care, she was called lena. lena was most expressive with her pedipalps.
AS: what a cutie! very nice picture!
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I thought she had only two, weird eyes.
Irena Sendler was a Polish Catholic woman who volunteered to work as health inspector in the Warsaw Ghetto in order to smuggle out children. She rescued 2,500 children from the Nazis but was eventually discovered and severely tortured. She managed to escape and live until 2008. In 2007, she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, but the committee awarded the prize to Al Gore for making a movie about “man made climate change.” Two years later, President Barack Obama who advocates for the murder of millions of children was awarded the Nobel Peace prize. In a letter to the Polish parliament, Irena Sendler wrote, “Every child saved with my help is the justification of my existence on this Earth, and not a title to glory.”
May we fight the evil of our age with as much courage and humility as this amazing woman. http://ift.tt/1eXMoPd
Damn, this is touching. ;-; She deserves many medals for her contribution to this earth.
She looks an awful lot like one of my characters.
Trigger Warning: Truth
Reblogging to my blog so I can look at this masterpiece always. :3
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